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Zeli Ismail ready to get moving after signing for Burton Albion

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

08/01/14 Zeli Ismail Burton Albion sign Zeli Ismail on loan from Wolves...

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BURTON Albion loan signing Zeli Ismail cannot wait to get started for the Brewers after joining on a month’s loan from Wolves.

The 20-year-old winger sealed his move to the Pirelli Stadium yesterday and will be available for Saturday’s home clash with Cheltenham.

“Burton is a good club for me to come to,” said the England Under-17 international. “I first heard about the move when I spoke to my agent on Tuesday – I wasn’t getting games at Wolves.

“He was trying to sort me a loan out, Burton were interested and I said ‘yes’ straight away.

“They are flying at the moment.”

Ismail, born near Belgrade in Serbia and not in Albania as was previously thought, is highly rated at Molineux and is hoping to kick his game on during his month at the Pirelli.

If the move is successful, the loan can be extended further.

“I want to try to get as many games as I can,” said the wide-man.

“I want to try to help Burton get promotion or get to the top of the table.

“If I do well and they want to extend my loan I’d be interested.”

Ismail trained with the Brewers for the first time yesterday – but has been to the National Football Centre before and realises Albion have a facility which is the envy of most clubs at all levels.

“St George’s is fantastic,” he said. “I went there before when I played for England at Under-16 and Under-17 level.

“It’s a brilliant facility and would be the envy of most clubs in League One or even the Championship.”

Ismail, who moved to the UK when he was a young child, has impressed Burton boss Gary Rowett with his pace and willingness to run at defenders.

The player himself knows these are his strengths - and is willing to play anywhere, but reckons his most accomplished position is wide on the right.

“Running and beating players and getting the ball into the box (are my strengths),” he said. “My strongest position is on the right wing, but I can play a little bit in the hole off the front two.

“If I play No 10 I would get a few goals.

“On the wing I tend to beat my man and cross the ball (rather than shoot).”

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